Occupy Tampa rally: "Vets are the 99 percent!"
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11/14/11 Josh Holton
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Saturday afternoon about 30 members of Occupy Tampa rallied in support of Veterans. They marched from their sidewalk encampment by Curtis Hixon Park to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park, which is home to a memorial that honors fallen soldiers who were connected to Hillsborough County and killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"Never forget respect for vets!..."

Some veterans who attended the rally want to scale back America’s global military presence. Robert Mello has served in the Marine Corps, and he hopes that veterans will receive better treatment when they return home.

He also would like to see America begin to lead by example, a method which he said is essential to effective leadership.

Yvonne Gougelet is from Tampa, but she lives in New York. She camped out for the first night of Occupy Wall Street, and has been touring other Occupy movements along the East coast. She visited the Occupy Tampa general assembly last night, and was impressed with what she saw. But her main focus has now become Occupy D.C., which she hopes will unite with an ongoing anti-war movement there.

A man named John Sherman is vacationing in Tampa from Columbus, Ohio. He gave words of encouragement to the group. It is his belief that their collective decision making process has the power to change society.

But it has been difficult for the Occupy Tampa movement to gain a strong foothold in a physical space where they can visibly bring these issues to the rest of the public. There have been more than two dozen arrests as protesters have tried to claim public parks like Kiley Garden. Nick Windholz has been arrested for trying to take that park, but said the group has had a change of strategy.

Once they get their numbers up, Occupy Tampa will attempt to hold on to a park consistently. Greg Priem said the general assembly has consented to this strategy.

So far the group has focused almost exclusively on exercising their first Amendment Rights, and risking arrest for a park. But Ben Scharroo proposed that this Thursday the group march down to Robert Watkins & Company, an accounting firm that is home to 39 political action committees. Scharroo said such concentrated political power should be the very focus of their local protest.

Scharroo said the march will start around 8 in the morning. This is a national day of action for many organized labor groups, and Susie Shannon said the Central Labor Council will also hold a rally on the Platt Street Bridge at 4 p.m. Occupy Wall Street will also hold a "Mass Non-violent Direct Action" that same day.









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ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS

OCCUPY WALL STREET AND THE NATION'S ISSUES & SOLUTIONS (SHARE IT) 1) a. CORPORATIONS ARE NOT POEPLE. b. CORPORATE CHARTERS SHOULD BE REVOKED IF THEY COMMIT CRIMES, ATROCITIES OR FINANCIAL RECKLESSNESS. c. MONEY IS NOT EQUAL TO FREE SPEECH. 2) a. NO COMPANY IS TO BIG TO FAIL. IF SO THEY ARE TO BIG. b. REINSTITUTE THE 1933 "GLASS STEAGALL ACT." 3) a. REPEAL THE 2000 "COMMODITY FUTURES MODERNIZATION ACT" b. IF YOU CANT TAKE DELIVERY OF A COMMODITY, IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO SPECULATE AND PROFIT AT EVERYONE ELSES EXPENSE. 4) a. FAIR TRADE! NOT FREE TRADE. b. WE DEMAND A GLOBAL MINIMUM WAGE TO TRADE. AS NO DEVELOPED SOCIETY CAN COMPETE WITH ECONOMIC SLAVERY. 5) a. BASIC HEALTH CARE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. b. A SYSTEM THAT PLACES PROFIT PRIMARY TO THE CARE PROVIDED, IS IMMORAL AND ABHORRENT. c. WE NEED ONLY LOOK OVER OUR NORTHERN BOARDER TO CANADA TO FIND A WORKING MODEL. 6) a. NO ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OR APPOINTED OFFICIAL SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THE LAWS THAT ITS CITIZENS ARE HELD TO. b. IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR THE U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE TO PROFIT FROM INSIDER TRADING ON WALL STREET. c. ALL STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTIONS SHOULD BE PUBLICLY FUNDED. d. THEY ARE NOW AS THE LARGE CORPORATE CAMPAIGN FUNDING, ARE MEARLY A LOAN THAT WE THE TAX PAYERS REPAY. 7)a THE 30+ YEAR GRAND REAGANOMIC'S EXPERIMENT HAS BEEN IS AN ABJECT FAILURE.( LOOK AT MAIN STREET.) b. WE DONT HAVE A DEFICIT PROBLEM, WE HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM. c. CLOSE THE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES, G.E.'s AND MANY OTHER CORPORATIONS HAVE AN EFFECTIVE TAX RATE OF ZERO. d. REINSTITUTE THE 1960'S PROGRESSIVE TAX CODE. THE ROCKEFELLERS AND MORGANS WERE STILL RICH. 8)a. FIX SOCIAL SECURITY AND OUR SOCIAL SAFTY NETS FOR OUR CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE ARE ALL OUR BROTHERS KEEPER. b. S.S. LOWER THE RATE AND LIFT THE CAP. MILLIONAIRES & BILLIONAIRES ONLY PAY SOCIAL SECURITY TAX ON THE FIRST $107,000. OF INCOME. 9)a. (LABOR RIGHTS), TEACHERS, SANITATION WORKERS, FIRE FIGHTERS,POLICE AND PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS NEED FEDERAL PROTECTIONS IN ALL STATES. TO BE ALLOWED TO ORGANIZE AND NEGOTIATE WORKING CONDITIONS AND COMPENSATION CONTRACTS. b. CEO AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION CONTRACTS ARE SACRED. c. NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE LINE WORKERS AND OTHERS TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE? 10)a. WAR IS A RACKET, (GOOGLE IT) b. THIS NATION SHOULD NEVER AGAIN START A WAR WITH OUT THE CONGRESSIONAL DECLARATION REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION. c. REINSTITUTE THE 1934 "VINSON- TRAMMELL ACT" TO LIMIT THE PROFITS OF WAR. d. THEN FUND THE WAR WITH A WAR TAX IF DECLARED. e. REPEAL THE 1947 "NATIONAL SECURITY ACT" LETS CALL IT WHAT IT IS "THE DEPARTMENT OF WAR" NOT DEFENSE. f. IF THIS NATION STARTS A WAR, REINSTITUTE THE DRAFT SO ALL ECONOMIC CLASSES HAVE A DOG IN THE FIGHT. MICKEY ST. PETE (OIF. VET) THIS WOULD BE A START

Thanks for the laugh

Mickey, that was the funniest rant I've read here.